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Oliver d

1/72 scale light aircraft

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Any one know of any 1/72 scale light aircraft kits like Cessnas Pipers Beechcraft? I am looking for kits resin or plastic

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Airfix made a Piper Arrow in 1/72. I'm not sure if it's still available. I think there's a Bird Dog and Piper Cub out there, too.

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Been asked a number of times. Mainstream injection moulding companies have shied away from light aircraft as a rule presumably because they just don't sell in sufficient volumes to warrant tooling costs.

 

Airfix did indeed do a 1/72 PA28 Cherokee Arrow (retractable undercarriage variant).

 

KP do a J3 Cub (an old mould version and a new mould version under the current AZ ownership)

 

A Models do a Let Morava and an Aero 145 (which are quirky Eastern European Cold War era light twins).

 

Most other mainstream "light aircraft kits" have usually been released because the aircraft had a military version - such as Airfix's Beagle 206, Cessna O-1 Bird Dog and O-2 Skymaster and their Scottish Aviation Bulldog.

FROG did a Percival Proctor. Airfix do a nice modern tool Tiger Moth. FROG did a DH60 Moth which has been re-issued in modified form in recent years by A Model

The Japanese company Eidai issued a 1/72 Cessna 172, a Cessna 337, a Beech 35 Bonanza and a Fuji 200.

 

 

If you want more general light aircraft in 1/72, you are going to have to look for specialist short run, often resin, kits.

 

 

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I have the Beech Bonanza, it's a tidy little kit of the twin-tail version.

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5 hours ago, Bell209 said:

Airfix made a Piper Arrow in 1/72. I'm not sure if it's still available. I think there's a Bird Dog and Piper Cub out there, too.

The Piper Arrow is long out of production and fetches silly prices on auction sites. Don't forget another out-of-production kit from Airfix, the Auster Antarctic that was reissued as the AOP.6, but can be finished in civil markings as required. 

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Search here: https://www.scalemates.com/

 

Constanza Kit is a German manufacturer of civil aircraft kits in resin. Pricey but excellent.

 

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I did mention and seen them mentioned before but Aurora did a small range of light types in 1/72 in the form of the Cessna 337, Pa28 140(fixed undercart version) Pa23 Aztec and Aeo Jet Commander biz jet. All now long gone. But I do have all these built plus one Jet Commander unbuilt still.   There were others by Aurora but odd scales.

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I have the Aurora PA23 in my stash. I may build it - one day.

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Don't forget Airfix's SAL Bulldog - civil examples are around, or not too difficult conversions to a Beagle Pup. Search also for Dujun - French manufacturer with a big range of light aircraft in resin. Also there are Zlin and Yak aerobatic lightplanes, plus a recent Stampe SV4C and Piper Pawnee. Heller has a Messerschmitt 108 that can become the civil Nord equivalent, and a Saab Safir. Kits For Cash had a Grob and some others I think.
The old Aurora kits in odd scales were Piper Apache 1/64th, Aero Commander and Beech 18 in about 1/78th and 1/84th respectively.

With the old Frog (etc) Proctor and Magister kits plus bit of imagination and a lot of filler can produce almost the whole Miles and Percival civil ranges.

Pretty rare now are 'Monty's' Miles Messenger (maker's name eludes me!), and of course the same aircraft in vac-form from Aeroclub -who also did some oher pre-war light aircraft.

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Almost all will be hard to find, but they are out there if you keep looking

Omega did a C172 and C182

Arii did a range that appeared under a bunch of names, same plastic, and not bad consisting of a C172 both wheels and floats, but in different boxings, a C337 which was also done by others including Airfix, a Fuji FA200 Aero Subaru, which is a Japanese lighty built in the '60's and '70's, the early V tail Beech Bonanza, and the BD5 usually in a boxing with both the prop and Jet versions

AZ are promising a C152 and C185

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There is no Zlin 42 from Trumpeter / Hobby Boss in the list, don't forgot that.

 

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Thanks people ,it helps me ,what I am looking for are civilian light aircraft that the IDF use/used in service Piper cubs,Cessna 182s,Beechcraft bonanzas ,kings Dragon raptide.

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Hi Oliver

As it has been mentioned before ARII produced V35 Bonanza, but to represent an IAF example some fuselage shortening, blanking off aft windows and few other corrections (like adding bomb racks) are needed. Talking about War of independence/Palestinian war period: ZTS Mikro produced RWD.8, Matchbox Norseman has been reissued a year or so ago and an old Heller Dragon Rapide can still be found if one is persistent enough in searching. I think it is Special Hobby, which produces Fairchild F.24 and while I have no idea about an Auster AOP.5 I imagine that should not be too difficult given popularity of this plane among British. There is plenty of various kits of Tiger Moths, Oxfords and Ansons around, but with exotic stuff like Taylorcraft Model C you are pretty much on your own, I am afraid. Cheers

Jure

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AZ Models have a couple of kits that might interest you:

 

This Auster kit comes with IDF markings:

http://www.azmodel.cz/product_info.php?cPath=27&products_id=796

 

Their Fairchild F.24 also comes with IDF markings:

http://www.azmodel.cz/product_info.php?cPath=33&products_id=649

 

They also have a Piper PA-18 with IDF markings under their KP banner:

http://www.kovozavody.cz/en/produkt/piper-l-18c-2/

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Most of the aircraft used in 1948 I have got kits from.No Bonanza or Raptide.What I am looking for are more modern aircraft like those used today as liason aircraft like the Cessna 182 and the Piper Comanche and electronic sniffer aircraft like the Beechcraft King and the Westwind.

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Khee Ka does the 185, Rareplanes the King Air. I don't know of any Piper Comanche kit in any scale.

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Revell Germany do the Twin Otter in 1/72 with two different kit offerings. They also do a Piper PA-18 and a glider as well, but those are in 1/32.

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Thanks people KHee ka never heard of them Rareplanes  know there kits will try to find some of them

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Hi Oliver

Well, RVHP produced a long line of various resin Beechcraft kits in 1/72. Then there is a Canadair Challenger in 1/72 from BPK, which may or may not fit your bill (heard some rumors about one being used as a spy plane some time ago), I think it was Airfix which produced Islander ages ago and IIRC someone had done resin Socata Trinidad. Cheers

Jure

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